2nd October, Bangkok: 29th SEA Games Team silver medallist, Ryan Lalisang of Indonesia shot the first perfect game of the 2017 PBA-World Bowling Tour Thailand underway at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Paragon to take an early lead in the qualifying standings.
Lalisang achieved bowling perfection in the second game of his first qualifying attempt to complete the 3-game series with 786. The Indonesian added a second 3-game series of 745 before wrapping up with a third attempt of 713 to lead the standings with 2244.
2017 Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games Sinlges gold medallist, Annop Arromsaranon of Thailand continued his fine form to register 2154. The 32-year-old Thai rolled 747, 712 and 695 to moved up into second to Lalisang.
His compatriot and 2014 Asian Games Singles gold medallist, Yannaphon Larpapharat also impressed with a 2142 effort to take up third spot. Three-time PBA Player of the Year and seasoned campaigner, Mika Koivuniemi of Finland finished fourth with 2135.
2015 DHC Japan Invitational and 2014 QubicaAMF World Cup champion, Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas rounded out the top five with 2133.
Top female and 29th SEA Games Doubles gold medallist, Sharon Limansantoso of Indonesia took up sixth position with 2130 while a third Indonesian, Hengki Susanto completed the top 7 with 2125.
The top 7 together with 29th SEA Games Trios Gold medallist, Sithiphol Kunaksorn, who is the top local qualifier outside the top bracket, earn two byes and automatically advance to Round 4 Finals. 29th SEA Games Trios silver medallist and 2016 Thailand Open champion, Kim Bolleby of Thailand missed the top bracket to finish ninth with 2021 but will automatically advance to Round 3 Finals.
Timmy Tan of Malaysia created history at this year's PBA-World Bowling Tour Thailand to roll three perfect games in three separately squads. But his stunning effort gave him 773, 679 and 669 for a total of 2121 to head the second bracket in tenth and will advance to Round 3 Finals, skipping only one round.
The second best female finisher was Aldila Indryati of Indonesia, who finished in the second bracket with 2095 behind the Malaysian to skip just one round for Round 3 Finals. 2017 Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games Singles silver medallist, Tannya Roumimper of Indonesia headed the third bracket with 2004.
The cut in the early qualifying rounds went to Joonas Jahi of Finland with 1963 (averaging 218.11) taking up 37th spot. Positions 38 and 39 reserved for local qualifiers were held by Phumin Klanbida and Surasak Manuwong with 1956 and 1955 respectively.
Qualifiers positioned 25 to 39 plus three qualifiers from the one-game desperado squad (total 18 players) will qualify for Round 2 Finals. The top 10 finishers will be joined by qualifiers from the second bracket positioned 9 to 24 (total 26 players) for Round 3 Finals.
At the end of Round 3 Finals, the top 12 finishers will be joined by qualifiers from the top bracket, positioned 1 to 8 for Round 4 Finals. The top 8 finishers at the end of the round will proceed to the Final TV Shootout to determine the champion, who will walk away with the top prize of 1 million Thai baht (approx. US$32,258).
A total of 4.215 million Thai baht (approx. US$131,967) prize money is up for grabs. A total of 42 finalists will earn a minimum of 40,000 Thai baht (approx. US$1,290). Qualifying will continue through to October 4 and the finals will be staged over October 5 and 6.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok, Thailand.
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